Anticipation and Control

On being grateful: I am grateful that I am re-learning the joy of anticipation. And just anticipating something is as meaningful to me as actually experiencing that something. As a kid, I loved my monthly McDonalds visit for the happy meal toy. As much as I loved the actual experience of McDonalds, I also looked forward to that time of the month when I knew that in the next few days, a McDonalds visit was just around the corner.

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Square Footage and Minimalism

On being grateful: There are days where I wish I could buy property in my city, but I am grateful that I am learning to appreciate what I already have. I live in a rather spacious apartment: over 700 square feet of living space for 1 person. While I do hope to one day become a homeowner, I love the neighborhood that I live in; I love that it’s less than 30 minutes away from work; and I love how my favorite restaurants are right outside my doorstep.

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Okay With Okay and Nearly Free Purchases

On being grateful: I am horrible at living in the moment. For most of each day, I am wishing I was somewhere else. Somewhere other than my current geographic location, somewhere other than the current phase of my personal life, and somewhere other than the current stage of my professional life. Recently though (and this is something that I am re-learning each day), I have learned how to be grateful that things in my life – while not perfect – are okay, and on most days, more than okay.

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Client Presentations and Buying Nothing

On being grateful: I made a presentation to a major client last month. From the time I found out that I was assigned to the presentation to until the presentation ended, I was a bundle of nerves. Once it ended though, a huge feeling of relief swam over me. And on the flight back after the presentation, I felt grateful that my immediate supervisor had the confidence in me to send me by myself to meet the client (and I am also grateful to the client who, as I found out, had requested the presentation be done by me).

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Television and More Television

On being grateful: I am grateful that a few months ago, I finally brought myself a TV. In my high school years, I was a total TV junkie – I loved watching the news, sitcoms (Friends, how I missed you!), and my favorite, college and pro football. Several years after high school, I finally have a TV again. It is not the biggest nor flashiest of televisions, but it is nice to know that when the Super Bowl comes this year, I will be able to enjoy it from the comfort of my living room.

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Steak and Presents

On being grateful: I am grateful to have learned that spending top dollar at five-star restaurants does not always mean you are getting top quality.  Take what happened when the bosses took us out to, arguably, the most expensive and well-known steakhouse in the city. Dinner was finishing up, and one of my bosses – knowing my love for all things steak – asked me what I thought of this restaurant compared to the “Mom-n-Pop diner” in my hometown.  The fancy steakhouse was pretty good, I replied, but at the end of the day, it paled in comparison to the quality food (and service) I received at the “diner” closer to home.

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